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Author Archive: Msgr. Charles Pope

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Pondering St. Paul’s Lament of Savage Wolves

May 15, 2018 11 Comments
Pondering St. Paul’s Lament of Savage Wolves

In the first reading for Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter, St. Paul warns of perhaps the most damaging and wrenching evil that the Church must face: dissension from within. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock. And from your own group, […]

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We Must Teach and Insist on the “Whole Counsel of God”

May 14, 2018 0 Comments
We Must Teach and Insist on the “Whole Counsel of God”

The first reading from Tuesday’s Mass is Paul’s farewell speech to the presbyters (priests) of the early Church. Here is a skilled bishop and pastor exhorting others who have pastoral roles within the Church. Let’s examine this text and apply its wisdom to bishops and priests as well as to parents and other leaders in […]

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How Christ’s Ascension is to Be Manifested in Us

May 13, 2018 0 Comments
How Christ’s Ascension is to Be Manifested in Us

There is an interaction between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, recounted in John’s Gospel, teaching that Christ’s ascension is about more than just His going up to Heaven. In this, His ascension is like all of His actions: they are not just for Him but also for us. As Christ ascends, we are called to ascend […]

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What Does the Ascension Accomplish for Us? A Homily for the Feast of the Ascension

May 12, 2018 0 Comments
What Does the Ascension Accomplish for Us? A Homily for the Feast of the Ascension

This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago, for although Christ our Head has ascended, we the members of His body are ascending with Him. Because He ascended, we too have ascended. In my own life as a Christian, I am brought higher every year by the Lord, […]

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An “App”ocalypse, as Seen in a Commercial

May 11, 2018 3 Comments
An “App”ocalypse, as Seen in a Commercial

The commercial below demonstrates, in a limited way, the chaos caused by becoming “unplugged” from a mere computer. In it, a new employee unwittingly unplugs a main computer, causing everything to go haywire around the globe. Imagine how much worse things are when we unplug from God. Actually, things wouldn’t be worse, they just wouldn’t […]

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“Just a Little While Longer…” – A Meditation on the Brevity and Urgency of Life.

May 10, 2018 0 Comments
“Just a Little While Longer…” – A Meditation on the Brevity and Urgency of Life.

There is a passage in John 16 that is unusual for its repetition. This past Sunday it was the assigned Gospel in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The expression “in a little while” is repeated seven times in the brief passage. Its repetition is almost to the point of being annoying, such that […]

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Love on the Move: Of the Divine “Dance” In the Holy Trinity

May 9, 2018 2 Comments
Love on the Move: Of the Divine “Dance” In the Holy Trinity

There is a kind of tension in some of the imagery we use for God. On the one hand we call Him the “Unmoved Mover.” We also say that God is everywhere. If He is everywhere then there is nowhere for him to go, no need for Him to move because He is already there. […]

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The Fading Glories of the World, as Seen in an Attic

May 8, 2018 2 Comments
The Fading Glories of the World, as Seen in an Attic

The photo at the right, which I took in the attic of our parish school, reminds me of the ancient Latin phrase Sic transit gloria mundi (Thus passes the glory of the world). These are the symbols of victory in sports events, much trained for and fought for. Once they were proudly displayed in the […]

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